Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

07/25/2017

Agenda Report # 8


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 18th Street-Closure and Abandonment

INITIATED BY: Engineering Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to authorize the changing of the Official Street Map and Tax Maps of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia by officially closing and abandoning a segment of 18th Street beginning at the west right of way of 1st Avenue and running in westwardly direction for a distance of 144 ft.; authorize the disposal of the said right of way in accordance with applicable State Law; reserving utility easements; and for other purposes.

Background: Council authorized the execution of the Riverwalk-City Mills Exchange and Easement Agreement between the City of Columbus and City Mills Properties, LLC on May 23, 2017.

Analysis: As part of the agreement closure of a 144 ft. portion of 18th Street, west of 1st Avenue, was required for parking to serve the development at City Mills and the Riverwalk.

Financial Considerations: The City will retain title to the abandoned portion of the Street and grant parking easements as authorized by Council.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There is no projected annual fiscal impact.

Legal Considerations: Council approval is required to close and abandon public streets.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested to authorize the changing of the Official Street Map and Tax Maps of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia by officially closing and abandoning a segment of 18th Street beginning at the west right of way of 1st Avenue and running in westwardly direction for a distance of 144 ft.; in accordance with applicable State Law; reserving utility easements; and for other purposes.


18th ST-Exhibit A_001.pdf

A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CHANGING OF THE OFFICIAL STREET MAP AND TAX MAPS OF THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA BY OFFICIALLY CLOSING AND ABANDONING A SEGMENT OF 18TH STREET RIGHT OF WAY BEGINNING AT THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF 1ST AVENUE AND RUNNING IN WESTWARDLY DIRECTION FOR A DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY 144 FT.; AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF THE SAID RIGHT OF WAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE STATE LAW; RESERVING UTILITY EASEMENTS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

WHEREAS, a remnant portion of 18th Street lies within the area of redevelopment for the City Mills property and construction of a connecting portion of the Riverwalk; and,

WHEREAS, as part of the development of the City Mills property, driveway access and a parking lot will be constructed in the vicinity of the abandoned 18th Street to serve the development and the Riverwalk and was approved by Council as part of the Exchange and Easement Agreement with City Mills Properties, LLC.; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Engineering has determined the Street Segment is not critical to traffic flow in the area.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION I.

The "Official Street Map , Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia" maintained in accordance with Section 18.1 of the Columbus Code and appropriate Tax Map are hereby amended by deleting the following property from said maps:

"All that portion of 18th Street, west of 1st Avenue, as shown on a plat dated 17 July 2016, prepared by Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson Inc.; and being more particularly described as follows: BEGIN at a drill hole marking the intersection of the westerly line of 1st Avenue and the northerly line of 18th Street; thence South 01 degree 55 minutes 00 seconds East, along the westerly line of 1st Avenue, 66.0 feet to an iron stake; thence leaving the westerly line of 1st Avenue, South 87 degrees 50 minutes 00 seconds West, along the southerly line of 18th Street, 144.0 feet to an iron stake at the end of 18th Street; thence across 18th Street, North 01 degree 55 minutes, 00 seconds West, 66.0 feet to an iron stake; thence North 87 degrees 50 minutes 00 seconds East, along the northerly line of 18th Street, 144.0 feet to a drill hole and the POINTOF BEGINNING; containing 9,504 sq. ft.

Together with and subject to covenants, easements, and restrictions of record.

Said tract or parcel containing 0. 218 acres, more or less."

A copy of the survey drawing entitled "Plat of 18th Street Right of Way west of 1st Avenue" showing the above-described property is attached to this Resolution as Exhibit "A".


SECTION II.

That the Council finds that the segment of right of way described in Section I. above no longer serves a substantial public purpose. This abandonment is hereby declared to be in the best public interest. Accordingly, said segment is hereby declared abandoned and removed from the Official Street Map of Columbus, Georgia in accordance with O.C.G.A. Section 32-7-2(c) . The City Manager is authorized to transfer the property to the adjacent property owner in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. Section 32-7-4 if determined its necessary and in the best interest of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia.

SECTION III.

All existing utility easements in the Street Segment shall be reserved.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.



Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor